Simply Amazing! State of the art! November 30, 2012
Reviewer: M. Ormandy (Phoenix Arizona) -
I have only had mine for a day, but want to rave about it. To begin with it is the fastest phone currently made, with a 1.6ghz quad core processor and 2 gigs of ram. It also has a MicroSD slot which takes 64gb UHS-1 exfat cards (mine will be in in three days, temporarily using 32gb card). This means I will have an 80gb phone. It has a 5.55" screen which is the largest of any phone, and it's top quality (AMOLDED). This phone actually allows TRUE multi-tasking with split window operation, the way you work on a PC. This alone is an amazing new feature that sets this phone apart. The colors are rich, just gorgeous. Resolution is 720p (1280x700) which is about as much as you could ask for in a cell phone. The sounds is strong and clear. It comes with a smart stylus which does to many tricks to list here. Lets just say you can draw, make notes, doodle, notate anything you want, make selective screen shots, and that is just for starters. The movement through and between apps and menus is fluid, and lighting quick. No hang-ups, pauses, or other nonsense as older / slower droids had. This unit has Apple slickness to it's operation, but is so much more than any Apple phone can offer. It's big, but you learn to love it within 24 hours. Surfing the internet, and watching videos / movies is a true pleasure on the big beautiful screen. It can play HD movies without a hitch, the playback is fluid. It could replace a tablet for some people, myself included. It comes with the newest "jelly bean" version of android, and it's a sweet operating system. The camera takes great pictures and video. You can use the internet and be on a call at the same time. The reception and call quality are great, and with Verizon 4G LTE internet, it has download speeds faster than the cable connections at work and home, simply amazing.
This is the top dog of cell phones, and unless the size is an issue for you, you won't find better. And before you assume it is too big, go into a store and try it on for size, I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
Pros: Everything you could want from a cell phone including tablet functionality.
Cons: Size, cost.
Best phone EVER January 23, 2013
Reviewer: Scott C. Rush (Davison, MI) -
Note: my previous phone was an HTC Thunderbolt.
I am 5'7" and I easily hold the phone in my hand with no problem.
First of all, the battery is just AMAZING!!!
I left the bluetooth, GPS, mobile data, etc on and it lasted 24+ hours.
The screen is responsive and the processor is fast.
The stylus is good, admittedly I am still getting used to it.
The ability to take notes and generate task lists is great.
I would highly recommend this phone to anyone considering it.
The size seemed a little big for the first few hours and now I can't imagine going back to a smaller phone.
Go for it, you won't regret it.
Best Smartphone period January 19, 2013
Reviewer: J. Hunt
I have been reading reviews of many Android phones for a long time. The concensus amongst those who do reviews professionally is that this is the fastest, smartest and most complete smartphone out there.
I have had for just over a month and cocur completely. I thought that the S pen might be gimmicky, but I actually find myself using it a lot. Much more accurate to type than a finger.
Video quality. . . . A+
Battery Life. . . . . A
Sound. . . . . . . A
Speed. . . . A+
Screen Size. . . A+
Multitasking.. . . . A+
Price. . . . . B
User Friendly. . . . A
Camera. . . . . A
Camera Options. . . . A+
Cutting Edge Technology. . . . A+
Excellent! December 1, 2012
Reviewer: sallyau (Cape Cod) -
This is a terrific phone. I love the size, and the S pen. The pen makes texting/typing easier for older and or larger fingers and thumbs. It's nice to jot down a note or list without stopping to use a keyboard. The voice recognition on this phone as well as the SamSung Galaxy 3 is probably the best around. I love the speed and photos, videos and other graphics look superb on the 720 screen. The large size is good for me, but for some the size may be a draw back. Now let's see how it holds up.
A true futuristic device. A class of its on! December 5, 2012
I'm somewhat of a "Tech junkie." Therefore, I've owned/own my fair share of devices. Iphone 3g, 3gs, HTC EVO, EVO 3D, Galaxy TAB 7.7, Droid Razr Maxx, and droid DNA by HTC, to name a few. This by far does what all the above do and MORE. I am not a Samsung fan, but as of late they have set the bar in what modern tech can be. Anyone debating on making the leap to this monster of a device shouldn't hesitate! I thought the size would make it uneasy to handle since I have small hands but, I quickly got used to it. It also has 1 handed mode, where you can switch the keyboard, phone dial pad, and ecen the calculator to favor either side with the touch of an arrow! I know women who have no problem operating the phone with the smallest hands. There is already a wealth of accessories at your disposal since this is a global device, as well as being available on 5 U.S carrier's. This has taken over my tablet as my browsing and media device. The S-pen acts as a mouse with features like hovering over links to show previews of emails, web content, photo albums and even shows a live preview with sound of your videos just by hovering! this device is nothing short of amazing! of course, the main reason this device is made, being a phone, it is excellent and reception and 4g LTE conectivity where available. No dropped calls and everyone sounds clear and say that I sound clear on my end. Buy it!
Pros: super fast quad core 1.6 GHz processor.
Large 5.5 inch super amoled 720 p HD screen non pentile version.
A plethora of the features including the extra features that that s pen enables.
Great battery life with 3100 mah battery whuch is removable.
Micro sd slot for up to 64 gbs of external storage.
Cons: Pricey, but you will not need to worry about your device vecoming obsolete before your next device, as its packing the latest and greatest in every aspect besides the 1st and only 1080p display in the USA on the DNA. Which that device has ONLY a 2020 MAH battery, and a few other shortcomings which I don't need to list in this review.
A little large, but as I mentioned you will quickly become accustomed to the size and everything else will feel unnecessarily small. Making myself wonder why I ever wanted such a small device especially with this being pocketable.
My conclusion. This is hands down the best device for all your entertainment, productivity, and typical smartphone needs!
My Note 2 January 26, 2013
Reviewer: William E. Griswold (Michigan) -
I love my phone. It's absolutely the phone I was looking for
1) Lightning fast
2) Clear, Bright Large Screen
3) Battery life is unbelievable. I only have to charge it when I sleep. All day of use and battery still reads 40 to 55 percent charged.
4) External speaker loud and clear.
5) S pen great for quick screen capture, writing a quick message on the picture and send
it out as a text.
6) Verizon 4G super fast internet.
7) GPS, WI-FI, and Bluetooth never a problem.
8) I would buy this phone again. Did I say I love it?
9) Fantastic notification bar on top of screen has bright lights.
10) I only remember how big the phone is when I see a normal phone. They don't now what they are missing.
1) Plastic case scratches easily. Throw a light case on it and move on.
2) Some of Samsung software I did not like (alarm clock, calendar, internet, my files). Quick login to Google Play fixed that problem. Replaced with Circle Alarm, Business Calendar, Google Crome Beta and X-plore.
If you want a great phone, if you're a power user get this Phone. It works great.
All around awesome phone February 17, 2013
I have had this phone for about a week. So far this is just an all around amazing phone. Common negatives I hear (usually from people who have never owned the phone) is that 1. it is too big for practical use as a phone and 2. that the Spen is just a gimic.
1. At first I had to get used to the size, but after only a week it feels normal. I have no trouble holding it and using it with one hand. Even my 18 month yo daughter can hold it with one hand, and push buttons with the other.
2. I love the S pen. I use it often for writing text messages, as I find it easier and more comfortable than typing. I also use the S note for my work to-do list and grocery list. It is very convenient.
The Samsung user interface is different than the HTC one I'm used to, so that takes a little getting used to, but it's not a negative. So far I like the Touchwiz just as much as Sense UI. The only feature so far that I was let down a little by was the split window, because not every app works with it, only a few, but even still....It isn't a negative. While I wish the multi window could do more, it is still a feature no other phone has, so it is still a pro over other phones.
Now for the AWESOMENESS:
The battery: Today I tried to drain the battery. I did 8 hours of slightly heavy/average usage (lots of internet, texting, apps etc... at full screen brightness all day, sometimes leaving the screen on) and still had 60% battery. Next I watched Netflix on it for over an hour, with the brightness all the way up, and only went down to about 45%. Finally at 12 hours of being unplugged I was at 28%, and decided to plug it in so I could use it later. On average I lost 20% per 4 hours on average usage (for me) with screen brightness all the way up, which would give me 24 hours of usage.
The Screen: I LOVE the large screen. As I stated above, at first it felt strange because I was not used to it, but after a day or 2, it felt normal. Now my Wife's Droid Razr with a 4:3 screen feels too small when I hold it. The Note 2 feels perfect.
Extremely long batter life
Large screen (great for video, games, reading text, everything)
Very responsive camera
S pen (very convenient, I actually use *not just a gimik*)
Just overall awesome
Extremely fast, smooth, no delays, everything loads instantly
None found yet. My friend who has had the phone for a couple months has not found any cons either.
Personally, after all of my research, I believe this is the best phone out right now. I guess it really comes just to personal preference. While this is the best phone out right now, it will come down to personal preference on the size, although as I said before, you really get used to the size, and it feels normal.
Loving this phone! March 25, 2013
Full disclosure, I was a fan of this phone since I first saw it. It's optimized for the things I do most with a cellphone. That being said, I was not disappointed when i received this phone. Ordering went smoothly and the phone arrived on the day it was supposed too.
Ok, so yes, this phone is large and so it may not be for everyone. I am a 6'0" Male with largish hands though and it fits them perfectly. The large colorful display is perfect for watching clips or even full movies on the go. For less than 10 dollars I purchased a case that has a built-in stand so I can turn anywhere into a little theater. The sound is very good, with what appears to be a stereo speaker on the back (from sound and sight). It also appears to have 2 mics, one on either end. The interface is a huge improvement over the OS of my original Motorola Droid (yeah, that old...) and I really like that it starts playing what you were last listening too when you plug in your headphones. The camera works great too, I recorded a vlog using the front facing camera and although the file was big, the picture quality and sound were great despite being in a lower-light situation. I'm also happy to finally have a phone with enough space to not limit the size of the video I take to 5 minutes. This one even tells you how much space you've used and how much is left on your phone.
The S-Pen works very well. I like to write things down on the fly and when the stylus is extracted from the device, it brings up their notepad as well as other compatible apps. I think it's pretty easy to learn to use most of the features, and I did it without using the manual, which I'd flung away in a fit of joy as the phone arrived. All of these features and the phone still fits in the front pocket of my regular fit pants. This may not work if you're a "skinny jeans" person, but I'm sure there are other ways to keep your phone handy. So far I am loving this phone. I remember there being minor problems, but they were so trivial that I can't even think of them off hand. It was a little hard at first to get my computer to recognize the phone, but once I installed the included in the phone software, it worked just fine.
I hope this review helps and if you already purchased this, enjoy!
Hands down the best phone on the market today February 26, 2013
Reviewer: M. Beck "eccentrix" (Southern IL United States) -
I've had this phone less than a week and I am in love. I had been starting to think about getting a tablet, probably and iPad. And I was up for renewal of my cellphone contract, so I was planning on going with an iPhone, too. Then I did some research on this beauty and I've never had an easier time choosing a cellphone in my life. There just is no comparison.
Other reviewers have given so many of the highlights that I feel like all I can add is that I no longer feel like I need a tablet, because this can do all of the things I wanted a tablet for. And I don't have the slightest regret about not getting the iPhone--there's just no comparison.
One last thing... For anyone concerned about having a phone this big, get a bluetooth. Then you don't have to hold the thing up to your head. You'll be free to use this more like a mini-tablet, and you'll come to wonder how you ever got along on a screen as small as your old smartphone's.
Awesome phone! February 26, 2013
Reviewer: Kim King
I'm one of those people that never review products, but I had to with this phone. If your on the fence about which phone to buy, choose this phone! It blows away the IPhone. I am a Mac lover and have other Apple products but wanted to try something different. My husband has the iPhone and it looks like a toy compared to this phone. You won't be sorry. Try it!
Don't worry about size! January 28, 2013
Reviewer: Justin B (PA) -
My biggest concern seeing this phone in the store was the size. After 1 day you get used to the size and realize how awesome this phone is. Every other phone will now look small to you and you will wonder how you lived with such a small screen especially if you are coming from an iPhone.
The battery life is amazing especially considering the huge screen. This is clearly the best phone on Verizon right now. Don't worry about the size and make the purchase.
Amazing!!! December 20, 2012
this is the most incredible piece of technology I've ever seen. U can edit video and take pictures while recording.
I really like this phone March 26, 2013
I went from an iphone to a motorola (yuck) to this phone. I like it. a lot. yes it is very big. that is the first thing that people say when they see it. But I have very poor eyesight so it has been great for me. No more squinting to see the screen....
Love! ! May 13, 2013
Reviewer: K. Barlow
I've had the phone now for a few days, and I must sound like a commercial to everyone. this phone does every thing it says it can and does it well ! I'm writing this using the S pen and it works flawlessly and other than not liking how I write my I's , it interprets beautifully . I love the split Screen feature especially now Verizon has added many more apps . l no longer have to squint ! this phone does everything l could possibly ever need . size ? To be fair , I wasn't worried at all , I Knew I'd love the larger screen. Smart stay works really well at setting it for 15 second time out . l walked away with my phone leaving the stylus behind, and after a few it steps warned me ! Cool!
I can't Comment on battery life yet , but definitely no fast drains like my bionic . I had no interest in an iphone and this , IMHO , Blows it away in every way. first phone l'm going to love throughout my 2 year Contract . love how Samsung seems committed on Keeping it current with updates . Not a single regret , You will love this ! Good luck !
Pleasantly surprised April 20, 2013
Reviewer: L. Russell (Tallahassee, FL) -
I bought this phone over a month ago. My previous Android device was the Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX. I was mostly pleased with the RAZR but after 12 months, I was bored with it. I went and paid retail price for this. The 5.5 inch screen is gorgeous for me compared to the RAZR. The 3100 mAh battery is efficient. I can get through a day with regular use (music, phone calls, messaging). I haven't had to use the power save too often. Call quality is good, no breakups, and the other party can hear me. Data reception isn't as solid on here vs the RAZR; but I am solidly in LTE areas, so I wasn't put off by that. Phone can ring extremely loud, vibrate is OK, so it is a wash.
The quad core phone makes for a speedy experience and I haven't had a slowdown yet. The battery definitely can handle it.
I use the phone as a makeshift music player and it works fine for that. Some gimmicky stuff (like squares), but it works. I have the Monster N-Credible Energy wired ear-buds and they sound good with the phone; better than the RAZR. Bluetooth pairing With the Motorola SF600 and the Monster Clarity speakers were flawless. Sound quality was solid; I couldn't access the phone's EQ settings over Bluetooth as it only works with wired headsets.
Camera takes beautiful photos... I was really in the stone ages with Motorola cameras. Pics came out mostly clear and perfect for me. I just hate where the lens is placed... I always end up touching it when i take the phone out of my pocket.
Phone is large by most people's standards, but it is comfortable enough for me since I have larger hands. I talk holding the phone to my ear. Fonts are larger and the screen makes everything easier to see. I got used to the larger size in no time... I definitely couldn't go back to a smaller device.
I was a Samsung hater in the past, but the higher tier devices that are put out now (upcoming S4, S3, Note line) really deserve some consideration. The Note 2 is a superb device for those who aren't put off by the beastly size of the device.
Better than I expected April 10, 2013
I struggled for a long time deciding between the SIII and Note II. My current phone, Tmobile G2 was already rather large and heavy. Finally after reading all the reviews with Amazon and all the tech magazines decided to go for it. Did not buy from Amazon as I do just about everything else, only because a friend is in the business and matched their price.
First. While the phone is quite large, it is extremely light and easy to handle. Probably 1/2 the weight of my G2. Even with the Urban Armour cover it is light and very manageable.
The speed and ease of operation is awesome. Sometimes things are a bit challenging to locate and make work, but there are many good help sources to use and once you get going it works very well. I did have some issues getting voicemail to work, but again, the help videos included got me started just fine. I do miss the pullout keyboard on G2 and will probably get a Bluetooth keyboard eventually. So far the phone keyboard is working fine and few typos, but for more than just small amount of typing I will need something better.
I don't know about battery life yet, still very early. but suspect it will be just fine for my use and have car jack if needed.
I truly do not miss T Mobile and look forward to much better voice and data coverage from Verizon. Had them at work and it was great coverage.
Again, great phone so far and looking forward to continued happiness with it.
Superb Phone April 9, 2013
This is the best smartphone on the market. Excellent screen and easy to use android jelly bean system. Screen size is perfect as a phone and a small tablet. Battery life is also excellent. Buy a good quality case to protect this excellent phone.
Surprised at how much I love my new phone May 2, 2013
I recently bit the bullet and decided to use my Verizon upgrade. For $230 (phone plus upgrade fee) I am very happy with my decision to not simply go with the iPhone 5. Everything that I did NOT like about Android seems to be fixed. You can organize your apps into folders, hide bloatware, and I am becoming particularly fond of the widgets and this phone's special S-pen. I'm going to go by section for this review. If you already have one or simply want the meat, be sure to read the "accessories" section. That's my only caveat about this phone - accessories are a pain to find on the sales floor!
Phone build: The screen is beautiful and there are color adjustment, brightness, and rotation settings. Use a screen protector as it scratches VERY easily. I have had mine two days and already have a few small scratches that I'm clueless as to where they came from! The battery pops out, so you can easily replace. The Verizon version is actually issued with a SIM card. HUGE plus if you someday want to swap out phones! 4G = super fast.
Size: I was a bit worried about the size, but truthfully I can't believe I ever had a small phone before. Compared to the iPhone 4/4S this is a significantly larger phone and screen. It's beautiful. The larger screen makes everything from reading to surfing more comfortable. I actually find it more comfortable holding the larger phone, even for calls. My hand doesn't cramp! I am 5'4 and average size hands. My husband is 6'6 and this fits his super man hands wonderfully.
Apps: I have a mini and was previously an Apple owner. I'm not a fangirl, but the draw of Apple was the the iOS was consistent and could sync up from one device to another without loss of information. Lately iOS had become a nuisance and even boring. Using an app called easy phone sync, I transferred my music, contacts, photos, and even old texts/imessages to my new phone. Also, apps that you pay for in the Apple store are generally free on Google Play. Apps perform beautifully. I'm a little bummed that my latest favorite, Lady Glow Bug, has yet to make an appearance in the GP store. Bygones.
Audio: The speakers on this phone are fantastic! I can turn the volume down and it sounds beautiful; if I'm in my car it is even loud enough to play Pandora without bluetooth/aux-in. It also means the speaker phone option is actually audible!
Camera: Truth be told, the iPhone's camera wins. Better quality, and I'm not sure why. This camera has virtually no shutter lag, which is awesome. The photos in lower light can get grainy. The images also have a tendency to be a little under-saturated. A quick adjustment with an app like Snapseed will fix those issues for most folks who are taking snapshots.
The S-pen: Wow, has the stylus ever come back in style! It is so fun to doodle or take notes with this pen. I even use it with swype to send my texts. I have a widget set up with my to do/reminder list. It also makes it super easy to get phone numbers, or jot down something when you're on the run. This is a masterful gadget that can totally revamp your phone experience.
Near-field communication, multi-window: These are two features I've yet to do more than fiddle with at the moment. NFC will be useful when more devices have it. The multi-window view is great, but some apps don't work with it and you have to do some research. For example, with Verizon's version I can't seem to get Facebook to pull into the menu. Do a quick google for a tutorial or two to maximize this function.
Motion commands: This phone is capable of a few cool things via motion/detection. For example, if I flip it face down I can mute what I'm doing at that moment. Great for dates, meetings, or if you're going to bed and don't want to get a text from your drunk friend at night! That's just one example, explore the phone for more options.
Battery life: A bit exaggerated according to specs, but with a battery manager I'm slowly getting better use. I can easily go a whole day without a charge, including game play.
Accessories: This has nothing to do with the phone other than it is hard to find affordable accessories for this phone in the stores. Box stores have little and the big blue electronics store is seriously overpriced. Amazon has a great selection, and I chose a set of [[ASIN:B00B4PUGU4 ECO-FUSED 9 pieces Polka Dot TPU Flex Gel Cover Case Bundle for Samsung Galaxy Note 2 N7100 / 4 Polka Dot TPU Cover Cases (Green, Blue, Hot Pink, Yellow) / 2 Stylus (Long-Hot Pink, Short-Light Blue) / 2 Screen Protector]].
I also ordered the [[ASIN:B007FH716W iOttie Easy One Touch XL Windshield Dashboard Car Mount Holder for Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 2]] mount.
Speaker docks for android are few and far between, so I've looked into a [[ASIN:B009RH4N3W Ipad Iphone docking 30 pin female to Micro usb 5pin male data charge adapter By Atomic Market (TM)]] for a regular ihome since my husband is still rocking the Apple.
Overall, I have to give this phone 5 stars. It gets great reviews for a reason. I can't imagine being unhappy with it, ever. I don't have any intention of rooting it and I feel like you don't need to. Beautiful piece of work, Samsung!
Very Much Like This Phone! May 1, 2013
Reviewer: Mark Edgerton (New Jersey) -
This phone is pretty amazing. I have had it for about a month now, as I wanted to give it some time before I did a review. I am comparing this to the Iphone 4 and a Droid Razr Maxx which I had previously. It is has a huge and gorgeous display, it is super fast, it takes beautiful pictures, and the battery life is fantastic. You really don't realize how big the display is on this phone until you look at an Iphone or the Droid Razr Maxx next to it. The difference in size between them is rather dramatic. The battery life is much better than the Iphone and is comparable to the Droid Razr Maxx. The speed is faster than the Iphone and a bit faster than the Droid Razr Maxx. The camera is comparable to the Iphone but better than the Droid Razr Maxx. The only negative that I can speak of with this phone is the fact that it really can't be used with one hand, but the tradeoff for a massive screen is well worth it. I honestly believe this phone to be the best choice on the market as of today. As far as accessories for this device, I highly recommend the Zenus line of leather cases, the Iottie car mount, and the RND charger dock, along with spare Anker batteries.
Positives: Massive and Beautiful Screen
Excellent Battery Life
Negative: Can't Be Used With One Hand
For once, I cannot ask for more... and replaced all my electronics April 18, 2013
Reviewer: dj lg
This is the first time I have ever owned a phone, and I cannot ask for more. I have been trying to unify my devices ever since the Motorola KRZR, and the Krzr and not the Rzr because the Krzr had mp3 capability (or advertized it better than the razr. Since then, I still compensated having separate mp3 players, movie players, gps, etc. Ever since my first droid 1, consolidating devices became better, but still not perfect.
Before the note 2 i was down to two devices... a droid bionic and a nexus 7. I was also contemplating an ultrabook for a 3rd device.
Now, all i ever think of carrying is the note 2. It plays everything i throw at it beautifully. The screen is big enough to read E-books on. Finally, one of the best things, is the battery life is amazing. See, I still carried my nexus 7 not only for the screen, but also because I did not want to drain my cell phone battery for non-essential tasks (watching movies, listening to music, web browsing), which defeats the purpose of a smart phone. So in reality, my smartphone was just a side device, and never the primary.
I am the definition of a power user, and I suggest this phone to those that are the same. For people new to the smartphone world, or use it for basic tasks, I still suggest the iphone. Me although, I write work emails, while listening to music, while chatting on gchat... and when I travel, I watch netflix or any of the movies I have saved on my micro sd card. I use every feature of this phone, and nothing has dissapointed me. Everything opens instantly, and task switching is a breeze. Even remote accessing my computer is easy, due to the big screen.
What may scare people away, which did intimidate me at first was the size... I even almost regretted buying it. But within a week, it seemed normal to me, that I don't even realize it is a big phone until someone points it out. I don't think I can ever go smaller. I'm not the biggest person (5'10" and 165lbs) but its fine... and its not even a struggle in my skinny jeans.
I've owned almost every android phone, the best android tablets, and now I don't even look to buying anything else.
Some suggested accessories are:
Anker Bluetooth keyboard, for those that plan to type a lot: http://www.amazon.com/Anker%C2%AE-Bluetooth-Wireless-Keyboard-Tablets/dp/B005ONMDYE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1366313626&sr=8-1&keywords=Anker+bluetooth+keyboard
RND dock, for charging your phone, charging a spare battery, and good viewing angle while using the previous keyboard: http://www.amazon.com/RND-Battery-Charger-compatible-slim-fit/dp/B009UIVBBA/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1366313666&sr=1-2&keywords=note+2+dock
Jaybird Bluebird X headphones: possibly the best bluetooth headphones I've owned. There's not a minute that my phone isn't paired with these (well except when charging).